The Visual Language of African Art

African art is a large part of culture and had a prominent role in the growth of modern art throughout Europe and the United States. Although African art had significance, it did not offer the meaning that it was originally crafted to hold. Most of the African art that was collected during the 19th Century […]

Brass Sculptures of Africa

Metal crafting is one of the oldest surviving crafts from continental Africa. The growing popularity of this old craft continues to attract new collectors, while established collectors will also find new and interesting pieces. Much of the art comes from West Africa, from places such as Gambia and Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso is a Northwest […]

A Short History of Kwanzaa

For many Americans, Christmas is the main focus for the holiday season in December, leaving Hanukah and Kwanzaa off to the side.  And for a lot of people, little is known about Kwanzaa, because there aren’t any Kwanzaa themed holiday specials on T.V., no celebrations, or arts and crafts in school for it (at least […]

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

We wanted to show our respect by taking a moment to discuss one of the most influential people in Africa in the last 100 hundred years.  This man is known globally for his peace efforts, and has become a symbol of unity to the world.  We here at Out Of Africa Art Shop greatly admire […]

Regional History: Ghana

The country Ghana is located on the West side of Africa, on the coast that meets with the Atlantic Ocean, and is bordered by three countries: Cote d’Ivoire (also known as Ivory Coast) to the west, Togo to the east, and Burkina Faso to the north.  Officially called the Republic of Ghana, the word Ghana […]

Regional History: Gambia

            Gambia is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, with having a population of 1.2 million people, and 90% of the population is Muslims, and the other 10% are Christians or another religion.  The official name of the country Gambia is “Republic of The Gambia”, and was named after the Gambia River. […]

Regional History: Senegal

              The Country located in West Africa is officially called the Republic of Senegal, but Senegal for short.  It is believed to have inherited its name, because of the Senegal River that it borders to the east and north.  This country is on the west side of Africa, and it […]

3 Reasons to Buy African Art

It’s easy these days to get lost in the art world, and we know how overwhelming it can be to choose art for your home.  With choosing African Art, we can guarantee impressive and great quality of work. Here are three reasons why getting African Art from us can make the decision-making a little easier. […]

The Role of the Drum in African Rituals

In today’s Western society, the drum is nearly always lost in translation as entertainment value or to add a flare to a song.  In African rituals, the drum plays a much larger role, and has more of significant meaning behind it. Drumming has become considered the backbone of African music and traditions. The Djembe drum, […]

3 Purposes Behind the African Masks

Some of you may be interested in purchasing one of our beautifully made African masks, but may not know anything about them, or why they exist.  So we decided we would write up a “mini” lesson on these masks and some examples of the meanings behind them.   1.)  Used for Ritualistic purposes Depending on […]